- A same-sex couple wants the Wisconsin Supreme Court to strike down the state's gay marriage ban.
The couple filed a lawsuit directly with the high court Wednesday, bypassing the trial and appellate courts.
The lawsuit says the pair lives in Milwaukee County and married in San Diego.
They claim Wisconsin's gay marriage ban denies them federal rights afforded to opposite-sex married couples.
They also argue the state is improperly restricting gay marriage based on religious opposition to same-sex marriages.
A separate lawsuit challenging the ban is pending in federal court in Madison.
The state Justice Department is defending the state in both lawsuits.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Wednesday he will continue to defend Wisconsin's laws.
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